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Jane Goes Batty by Michael Thomas Ford
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Oct 23, 2011

it was amazing

Jane Austen is a two-hundred year old undead author living in the modern world as vampire who quite inept with her powers which makes for a hilarious read! Her former lover, Lord Byron, tries to teach her the ways of a vampire, but Jane is a bumbling and reluctant student. Their dialogue and interaction made me laugh out loud.

Going under the pseudonym Jane Fairfax, she runs a bookstore and writes romance novels. In love with a mortal, Walter, Jane struggles with the choice of whether or not to divulge her undead secret to her lover. Jane's world then becomes even crazier when Walter announces his mother, a rather intimidating woman in her own right, is coming to meet her. Adding to this insanity, Jane is abandoned by her editor, stalked by a camera crew, a vampire hunter, and someone from her past who wants to end her life forever. There is also a Romance Novel Convention taking place in her small town with everyone in period costume no less!!

Both Jane Bites Back (book 1) and Jane Goes Batty (book 2) manage to make light of the Jane Austen craze with how everyone has been trying to cash in on it while at the same time acknowledging its own place within this phenomenon. The entire novel has been written in a way that is self aware and somehow manages to avoid seeming like just another Austen exploitation.

These books are smart, funny, and most importantly absolutely likeable!! For me book three can't get here fast enough!
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